Free NHL Picks Today: Arizona Coyotes vs Anaheim Ducks 4/8/23

Free NHL Picks Today: Arizona Coyotes vs Anaheim Ducks 4/8/23
Sat 8th April 2023

Both teams will be looking to end losing streaks when the Arizona Coyotes (27-39-13) host the Anaheim Ducks (23-45-10) at Mullett Arena on Saturday. Anaheim is coming off a 3-1 loss against the Oilers on Wednesday, their ninth defeat in a row.

The Ducks committed only one penalty in the game, holding Edmonton without a power play goal. Troy Terry scored the only goal for the Ducks. Lukas Dostal saved an impressive 30 of 32 shots (.937%) in the loss.

Arizona lost for the ninth game in a row, falling 4-2 to the Kraken on Thursday. Laurent Dauphin and Barrett Hayton both scored once for the Coyotes. Karel Vejmelka saved only 29 of 33 shots against (.878%) in the loss.


The Ducks have won both games between the teams this season, including a 2-1 (OT) victory in their most recent meeting in January, their third straight win against Arizona.

John Klingberg led Anaheim with two points (0G 2A). Nick Ritchie scored Arizona’s only goal. John Gibson got the win, saving 33 of 34 shots (.970%).


Anaheim is averaging 2.47 goals per game for the season, 31st in the NHL, and they are taking on a Coyotes team that is allowing 3.57 goals a game (24th).

Meanwhile, Arizona has found the net 2.72 times a game on average, 28th in the league, and will be looking to exploit the Ducks’ weak defense, which is allowing opponents to score a league-worst 4.06 goals per game.

Both teams average fewer shots a game than most teams in the league. Anaheim ranks No. 29 with 28.3 shots, while Arizona’s 25.7 average ranks 32nd.

When it comes to shot-stopping, the Coyotes have been more successful, stopping .902% of shots as a team (17th), while the Ducks have a team save percentage of .899% (22nd).

Don’t be surprised to see multiple power play opportunities for the Ducks, as the Coyotes have been penalized 4.62 times a game, third-most in the NHL, for an average of 11.73 minutes (fourth-highest). The visitors are averaging 4.26 penalties (seventh) and 10.64 penalty minutes a game (8th).

The Ducks’ 15.28% power play percentage is the lowest in the league, while the Coyotes rank 24th with a conversion rate of 19.30%. Anaheim has been equally poor at penalty killing, as the away team possesses the league’s second-lowest PK% at 72.66%. Arizona’s 75.24% ranks 25th in the NHL.


With 60 and 57 points this season, Trevor Zegras and Terry have been the top skaters for the Ducks. Both have 22 goals. Zegras also has 38 assists, while Terry has set up 35 goals for teammates. In the net, Gibson (14-30-8) is Anaheim’s top goaltender.

He has a 3.99 GAA and a .899% save percentage. Clayton Keller leads the Coyotes in scoring with 83 points. He has 36 goals and 47 assists in 79 games.

Connor Ingram (6-13-8) has the best goals against average for Arizona at 3.36. He has a save percentage of .907%. Vejmelka (18-24-5) has played the most games in net for the Coyotes this season. He has a 3.40 GAA and a .901% save percentage.


Anaheim has dropped three in a row away from home this season. Arizona is seeking to snap a four-game home losing streak this season.

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